518-4 C. Costs9 Benefits s and Effectiveness (Continued) Table 2 Distribution of Ph.D's by Area Academic Year 1982-83 Percent Ph.Ds. of Total Life Sciences 20 33.3 Physical Sciences 23 38*3 Engineering/Computer Science 8 13.3 Social Sciences 8 13.3 Other Professions __1 1.7 "60 9O Source: See E. below* Public Service Fellowships In Academic Year 1983-84 an estimated 140 Public Service fellows received master's degrees in public administration or closely related fields. Insti- tutional projections indicate that another 150 will be awarded a master's degree during 1983-84. Detailed information on program participants by race and sex is provided under Section F below. D. Plans for ProgramImprovement and Recommendations for Legislation The Administration has requested no funds for the Graduate and Professional Opportunities Fellowships program. Currently", there is a wide variety of non-Federal sources of financial support available for minorities and women pursuing graduate study, especially in engineering and science. These include support from postsecondary institutions, foundations, and other private sources. Federal financial assistance is available to graduate students through the Work Study program and the National Direct Student Loan program. In addition, through the Guaranteed Student Loan program's Auxiliary Loan Assistance, graduate students will be eligible for loans of up to $8,000 annually. Also, there is no need for Federal encouragement of graduate study in the public service fleTcL Many institutions currently offer high level, high quality graduate programs in public administration and there is already a substantial supply of qualified persons to fill public service jobs* The number of master's degrees awarded in public service fields increased by 141.5 percent between academic years 1970-71 and 1978-79, and doctoral degrees awarded in these fields increased by 106.7 percent during the same period. Graduate students in public service fields are eligible to receive Federal financial assistance through the Work-Study program and the National Direct Student Loan program. Under the Guaranteed Student Loan program's Auxiliary Loan Assistance, graduate students will be eligible for loans of up to $8,000 per year to support their education. E. Supporting Studies and Analysis Cited in Section C Above Program files, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 1984.lation.